San Juan College students qualify for Skills USA nationals

San Juan College students made their mark at this year’s annual state SkillsUSA competition held in Albuquerque. Their skills were measured against students from CNM, Luna Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, NMSU Grants, NMSU Roswell, Navajo Tech and Dona Anna Community College.

Students enrolled in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, Carpentry, Nail Technology, Esthetics, Cosmetology, Fire Science, Machine Shop, Technical Drafting, Welding and Diesel Technology. Nine first-place finishers earned their place to compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA competitions are held at the local, state and national levels. At the annual national SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 96 occupational and leadership skill areas.

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AstroFriday at the SJC

Our April presentation at the Planetarium will be Speed, a 30-minute video in which we see how the need to go faster and faster has shaped people's lives and motivated their progress.

 Fueled by imagination, mankind has broken through new frontiers and expanded human potential. Daredevils, test pilots, racers, astronauts -- all of these contributors have brought people closer to realizing their dreams.  Following the video for each presentation will be a short sky show, using the Planetarium’s star projector to depict the night sky of early April.  We will also give out spring sky maps, while supplies last.  The show times are at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission charge, but there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 in the planetarium, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  In order to preserve dark-adaption, there is no late admittance into the planetarium once the show has started!

If weather permits, a free public stargaze with telescopes will be offered at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard behind the planetarium after the last show. The stargaze will last a maximum of one hour. There is no capacity limit for the stargaze, so come and view with us such objects as the craters and mountains of the waxing gibbous Moon, the brilliant, coppery-red Mars, now returning to the evening sky, and the mighty solar system behemoth, Jupiter!  If weather conditions are especially favorable, we may also see such deep-sky objects as the M81 and M82 galaxies, Orion Nebula (M42), and the Seven Sisters, or Pleiades.     

For questions concerning the program, please call David Mayeux at 566-3361. Further information about Planetarium presentations and policies are available via the internet at: http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/Planetarium/index.htm

Summer Music Festival

Jam-out your summer with rockin’ music when San Juan College hosts Summer Music Festival 2014, Bringing World Music to the High Desert, Saturday, June 21, in the Learning Commons Plaza at the Farmington campus. Opening at 2 p.m., the festival will kick off with San Juan College’s Super Rock Combo, led by Keith Cochrane. 

            The college is offering an early bird ticket special, March 31 through April 25.  During this period, tickets are $4 for students with student ID, seniors 60-plus, and children 13-17; $6 for San Juan College staff and faculty; and $8 for general admission. Children, ages 0-12, are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Beginning March 31, tickets can be purchased at the San Juan College Box office or at www.sanjuancollege.edu/summermusicfest.

            Headlining bands will be announced throughout the month of April. For up to date information regarding the San Juan College Summer Music Festival, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sjcmusicfest.

            One 60-minute performing slot has been held to showcase the best in local talent.  Local artists are encouraged to submit audition video, mp3 or website links to musicfest(at)sanjuancollege.edu, including contact information by Friday, April 25. Audition materials can also be dropped off in the Student Activities Office at San Juan College. All performers should plan to perform a 60-minute set of original music.

            The family friendly event also will include a shaded children’s area and kids’ activities throughout the afternoon.  Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the festival.

            Vendor booths are available for all non-food vendors.  For more information about booth availability, the event, auditions or tickets, call the San Juan College Student Activities office at 505-566-3403.

NWS Peace Program

NWS Peace Program, a non-profit and Department of State approved program is seeking caring families in out area to host high school age, 15-18, international exchange students.  These students are now available for 'adoption', for 5-12 months only!  Students come with medical insurance, and spending money.  You provide a loving home, care and guidance, 3 meals, a bed, and an experience of a life time for your family as well as the student.

There is no such thing as a typical host family!  Whether you are a single parent, retired, have small children, teens, or no children, you can have a great experience hosting an international teen!  Consider 'adopting' today and making a difference in your life!

Since early placement is crucial to the success of the program, our goal is to have the students matched with host families by May 1.  The timing is important in developing the bonds of the "new family".  Don't Delay!

Cannot host, but want to be involved?  Call and we will tell you how!  Please help to make the dreams of these young people come true.

BRING THE WORLD TO YOUR DOORSTEP!
Call NWS Peace Program Today!
(866) 846-3799 OR visit the web www.nw-services.com

San Juan College offers life-long learning in any subject

Would you describe yourself as a lifelong learner?  Are you an aspiring author or artist?  Do you want to have fun while getting fit or develop new computer skills? San Juan College’s Community Learning Center is pleased to offer our Spring II 2014 schedule of non-credit and Encore classes, with many choices for lifelong learning. Registration is now open and classes begin in March.

            Discover your passions and potential through non-credit and Encore classes.  Our non-credit and Encore students come from diverse backgrounds, education and experience, and many students return one semester after another because of our instructors or because there’s another topic that interests them.  Meet new people and learn from others.

            Choices abound in our non-credit spring schedule and include learning to fly fish, building and programing Lego robots, training your dog or making your own photobook online.  Combine fitness and fun with line dancing or improv/creative dance or even master a martial art such as Aikido, Tai Chi or Chi Gong. There are even options for exploring your creativity through painting, jewelry making or simple textile dyeing.

            Encore classes are specifically designed for learners 50 years and older, but classes are open to anyone 18 and older.  Students are welcome to audit Encore classes — with no grades or tests.   Master computer basics, color your world with watercolor, discover the stories behind constellations or photograph flowers and the garden landscape.

            Choose from short-term workshops or multi-week courses on varying days of the week and times of day.  Visit www.sanjuancollege.edu/clc or call 505-566-3214 for more information.

CASA Volunteers Needed

The San Juan Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer program is recruiting individuals interested in helping children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.  CASA’s mission is to support effective volunteer advocacy for the best interest of abused and neglected children and to assist in helping a child to reach a safe and permanent home.  If you are an interested individual willing to be a powerful voice in a child’s life please contact Amy O’Neill or Alysha Shipley at the San Juan CASA Program, 505 592-0168 or 505 592-0167.   Our Spring CASA Pre-Service Training starts April 8.  CASA volunteers provide hope for a brighter future for our children!  Please help us make a difference!

Grace Place

GRACE PLACE PREGNANCY CENTER IS A LOVING RESOURCE FOR WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE FACED WITH AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY.  THEY SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS AND AFFIRM LIFE WITH EVERYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH THEIR DOORS.

DO YOU FEEL CALLED TO HELP WOMEN IN CRISIS PREGNANCIES?

GRACE PLACE IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS, ESPECIALLY ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL LUCIA OR MELISSA AT 327-4747.  EXTENSIVE TRAINING IS PROVIDED.

CAN'T VOLUNTEER BUT STILL WANT TO HELP OUT?  GRACE PLACE CAN ALWAYS USE DIAPERS AND WIPES.  RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE LOW ON NEWBORN AND SIZE 3, 4 & 6.

FOR DIRECTIONS AND HOURS OF OPERATION, CALL THEM AT 327-4747.  THANKS FOR SUPPORTING MOMS & BABIES IN OUR COMMUNITY!

Be an MVP with the City of Farmington!

The City of Farmington is proud to announce the expansion of our volunteer program with the launch of the Mayor's Volunteer Program (MVP). This program offers a variety of ways for our citizens to get involved in municipal government. As a volunteer with the City of Farmington citizens will have an opportunity to put their knowledge, talent, and energy toward improving the quality of life in our community. The Mayor's Volunteer Program provides a broad source of expertise, talent, and manpower for City programs as well as an avenue for citizens to participate in local Government. As an MVP, they will benefit by gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for how our City operates and be instrumental in strengthening our community's bond. 

MVP opportunities are varied. Residents can volunteer through our Citizen Involvement Program - this program allows volunteers to help guide the City of Farmington by serving on a board, commission, or committee each with specific responsibilities. Boards, commissions, and committees study information in specific areas and make recommendations to the mayor and city council on issues within that board's area of expertise. Citizens can also volunteer for special City programs including the Citizen Insight Academy and the Citizen Police Academy. Volunteers can also lend a hand during Special Events. Events hosted by the City of Farmington offer a volunteer opportunity that will last a few days or even just a few hours - this opportunity is a great way to get a group involved or a chance to lend a hand with just a few hours to spare. The MVP Program also offers short-term projects and long-term and ongoing opportunities. Right now, the Farmington Public Library and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department have many opportunities to choose, from greeting to shelving to helping out with educational programs, there is an opportunity for everyone. 

Mayor Tommy Roberts said ""I am excited about the potential for volunteerism at the City of Farmington. This program will make it easier for citizens to identify volunteer opportunities and to engage in them. With a stronger volunteer base supplementing the efforts of City employees, we can focus more community resources on the goal of making Farmington a better place in which to live, work, and play."

Additional City Departments are working on Volunteer Service Descriptions to provide even more volunteer opportunities. Area residents are encouraged to go to the City's website at www.fmtn.org and click on the Volunteer! button to explore these exciting opportunities.

For more information, please contact Tom Swenk – Human Resources Director at (505) 599-1133.

Coffee & Kids!

Durango Joes drive thru employee Kayli, delivers a hot cup of coffee and a smile as Durango Joe’s and Citizens Bank help Childhaven find loving Foster Homes for children in need.  Please spread the word!

Foster Homes Needed!

Please stop by any of the Durango Joe's locations and take a close look at your coffee sleeve!

Durango Joe's and Citizens Bank have partnered with Childhaven to help find loving foster families for the children in our community. 

If you would like more information on how you can provide a safe, loving home for a child in need please visit our website at www.childhavennm.org or contact Susan Mullin (505) 325-5358.

United Blood Services

Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the New Mexico drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 505.325.1505, Monday through Tuesday 9-6, Friday 9-2 or Saturday 9-1. You can sign up online at www.bloodhero.com

Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the Colorado area drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 970.385.4601, Monday through Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-4.

FOR THE MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES, PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR FOR MORE INFORMATION